My brother-in-law took me to a local high school who was hosting one of his favorite Christian bands. At one point during the concert, Bibles were thrown into the crowd like a giveaway at a minor league baseball game. Between the outfits and stage set up, attending this Stryper concert was like watching one of the major secular metal bands of the 1980’s.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole, Isaiah 53:5.
Lead singer Michael Sweet shared his testimony that night. One of the things Michael mentioned was a pastor from his home church in Orange County, California who served as a mentor to keep Stryper on track spiritually while on tour. Soldiers Under Command is a byproduct of this accountability. While metal may not be for everyone, Soldiers Under Command is still a great tune to blast in your car.
by Jay Mankus